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Henry G "Brud" Cleaveland
  • December 10, 1917
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  • June 19, 2014

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Henry G. "Brud" Cleaveland, a resident since May 1985, d ied Thursday, June 19, 2014. Brud was born in Cleveland, Ohio December 10,1917. He earned a B.S. degree in Education at Ohio State University; M.S. and Ed. D. degrees at U.C.L.A. He taught Health, Physical Education, and coached Swimming, Water Polo and Gymnastics during his career which included assignments at Ohio Wesleyan University, UCLA and Santa Monica College. His college teaching career was interrupted by four years Navy duty as training officer at several stations in the States and Hawaii. He also directed a swimming program at the American School in Japan. During the summers, he operated a swimming and diving school in Encino, California. After retiring from Santa Monica College in August, 1976, Brud lived in Lake Havasu City, AZ, Laguna Hills, CA and Mammoth Lakes, CA before coming to New Smyrna Beach. Over the years, he was an active member of The American Red Cross, Masonic Lodge, Kiwanis, Rotary, First Presbyterian Church, Church World Service Crop Walk, Habitat for Humanity. Brud was instrumental in the establishment of the Edgewater YMCA. He was also an active competitor in Distance Road Racing, Masters Swimming, Diving, and Track & Field. He was a World Class Masters swimmer and an inspiration to many people for his love of physical fitness and his joy of life. Survivors include his wife, Betty, a daughter, Becky Cleaveland of Garden Grove, CA, a son, Bradley Cleaveland of Floral City, FL, two stepdaughters, Pat O'Hara of Springfield, VA, Christa Hyatt of Orlando, FL, a stepson, Mike Zinn of Dallas TX, eleven grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. "To live like a person determined to be free." Memorial contributions may be made to The First Presbyterian Church, 509 Magnolia Street, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168.

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  1. Hugh Schoenemann says:
    10 Sep 2016
    I worked with Brud from July to September 1980 in Mammoth Lakes, California, and he was the first American to take me under his wing after a 6,000-mile journey from England to the States. A real gentleman, Brud was the kindest of human beings, and was the most annoying of jogging partners - always 100 yards in front!

    So long big man, and save a beer for me on the other side!

  2. Greg Flanders says:
    20 Feb 2015

    My condolences. I enjoyed knowing both of you during the time we shared at ASIJ.

  3. thomas wheeler says:
    04 Sep 2014
    I met Brud at the Edgewater YMCA when I was training for my first full distance IronMan. He told me his age and I told him No way! I saw him at the pool over the following years and had the opportunity for a photo with him last October...I learned of his passing today, I am so sad that we lost such a great man who always shared a smile and was always given one back. He will always be in my thoughts each time I swim. I am sorry for you loss and wish I had know of his passing and the service at the yacht club.

  4. Dr. Ed Carlson says:
    22 Jun 2014
    Brud Cleaveland is a featured example and inspiration in our book:
    POWER PASSION PARTICIPATION in the 2nd Half of Life. Brud's continuous eagerness and excitement in Life, was a constant stimulus -- like a little boy at Christmas.

    Brud is so much to so many individual, and did so much for so many through his very active Love and Life.

    Salute, Brud. All Honor to Your Life!

    Dr. Ed

  5. Sam Mears says:
    22 Jun 2014
    Remembering Brud drinking his banana shake...
    I'm sure the angels had one ready for him.
    Please know all of you are in my prayers.

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